Calderdale Council footing bill to replace collapsed retaining wall

John Ross took this photograph of the damage after last October's floods
John Ross took this photograph of the damage after last October's floods

CALDERDALE Council is footing the bill to replace a retaining wall which collapsed into Walsden Water last October.

Heavy downpours caused a culvert to burst and resulted in water, mud and debris pouring down the hillside

Residents at Copperashouse Terrace were evacuated after the garden wall behind their homes collapsed into Walsden Water.

Calderdale Council does not own the land involved but investigations have failed to find the legal owners.

Coun Barry Collins, cabinet member with responsibility for environment, said it was right the council picked up the bill.

“We can only begin to imagine how worried the residents in these houses have been following the collapse of the retaining wall,” he said.

“It’s highly likely that if we had done nothing the houses could have suffered long term to serious damage.

“While there is no responsibility on the council to do this work, we simply had to act to do the right thing.”

Work covering an area 20 metres long and 4.7 metres high is scheduled to start this week.

It is programmed to be completed in 18 weeks,

A contribution to the cost will come from the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

Further contributions are being sought from Yorkshire Water and the insurance companies of the adjacent houses.